Joseph -. Ruffino
Joseph -. Ruffino
  • February 8, 1942 - January 16, 2018
  • California

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Joseph Ruffino passed away Tuesday, January 16 of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Joseph was born February 8, 1942 in Buffalo, New York. He came to California with his family when he was ten years old and attended Lincoln Elementary, Jordan Junior High, and Burroughs High School (class of '59).

For most of his life, Joe resided in Burbank, a town he deeply loved. He worked at Playboy Records in the 1970s, traveling the country in service of the rock n roll music he so profoundly enjoyed. He began a career in real estate in the heyday '70s, and together with his wife, Jeri, built a legacy business of property acquisition and management around Burbank. Joe and Jeri ran a "mom and pop" business where they had a personal connection to their many tenants, and cared for their buildings with a thoughtful touch.

Known as "Balata" to his many friends at Lakeside Golf Club, Joe was a member there for 30 years, and hosted both of his daughters' weddings on the grounds, as well as too many boisterous family dinners to mention.

He was known for his eternally optimistic outlook, and his inimitable zest for life, having survived polycystic kidney failure with a transplant from Jeri in 1988 and, later, a double-organ transplant which gratefully extended his life these last 9 precious years. Joe's quality of life was untouchable, and among the many things he loved to do with his time, his family was at the top of his list. He loved family dinners with the 9 of us, great food, the never-ending quest for the perfect golf swing, going on cruises, a good Dodgers or Rams game, attending Catholic church service with gratitude every Saturday evening, breakfasts at Tally Rand, serenating his family with rock n roll on his guitar, "date nights" with his daughters, chatting up strangers, watching classic movies, playing music at top volume, indulging his granddaughter's burgeoning love of movies, time spent feeding the birds in Big Bear, and playing the harmonica for his youngest grandbabies.

Joseph is survived by his beautiful bride of 50 years, Jeri Lynn; two loving daughters, Elisa and Gina, and their husbands Thomas and Vince; and his three precious grandchildren, Lena Rose (3 years), Lucas Maxwell (1 year) and Celia Lynne (7 months).

The world lost a special soul, a devoted husband, a loving papa and father-in-law, and the best dad his daughters could have asked for. He was our best friend and he will be eternally missed.

In keeping with his wishes, the private gathering following the church service will be strictly immediate family only. However, we would like to open the church service to anyone who would like to attend, and we receive your condolences with much gratitude and love.

A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, January 27 at noon at Saint Charles Borromeo
Lankershim & Moorpark, North Hollywood, CA.